Judged According to Works?

Dave Armstrong has a new post (at least it seems to be new, perhaps it is just an old post he has redated) of Scriptural pretexting (I’d say prooftexting, but Dave is not an advocate of Sola Scriptura) for the idea that “Final Judgment” will be on the basis of works and not faith.

In some ways it is an interesting post. You see, he analyzes thirty (count ’em) passages to arrive at the conclusion that Scripture “always” associate works and Final Judgment, never faith and final judgment.

It would be a sufficient rebuttal simply to quote:

Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

But we should go further, because Dave has asked a slightly different question than the justification question. In the process, though, he has stumbled about a bit, striking out a doctrines that are not representative of the Christian position that he openly opposes (calling it names, like “anti-Catholicism,” on many of his web pages). Here Dave is picking on a professing Christian, Matt Slick, whose views about salvation are succinctly put here (link). He has not addressed Matt’s views, nor the views of Christians generally.

You see, it seems that Dave has misunderstood the Christian position. The Christian position is that Christ is our substitute. Thus, we too will be judged on the last day according to works. But it will not be according to our own works, but according to His works. We will be clothed with Christ’s righteousness (Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:). Thus, we will be counted as righteousness because of Christ’s righteousness.

Thus, when Dave sets out to prove that we will not be judged according to our faith, he’s partly right. That’s not the basis of judgment. The basis of judgment is righteousness. Anyone who lacks the substitutionary atonement of Christ will perish for their sins, however small they are, for the wages of sin is death, but eternal life is a gift. It is not earned, but given.

Those who seek justification by works, need to be very afraid, because their works will not be enough. It would be nice to comfort such people, telling them that if they call Jesus, Lord, they are ok. It would be nice, if it were true.

Sadly, it is not. Jesus said:

Matthew 7:21-23
21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Christ is the escape. If you will be saved, repent of your sins and trust in Him alone for salvation. Your works will only condemn you, but Christ has offered a perfect sacrifice for sins!

Hebrews 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;

Yes, the final judgment will be on the basis of works, not on the basis of “Faith alone.” Men will be judged according to their works, and it would be a defense to judgment to truthfully say that one is righteous. But you have to be more perfectly righteous than Paul the Apostle to merit salvation:

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Furthermore, when it comes to the end of the day, if your testimony before God is, “I have no sin,” you are liar.

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Therefore, your only hope is to have a righteous man stand in your place. There is only one person who can do that, for there is only one perfect man, the God-man Jesus Christ. If you appropriate his righteousness by faith in Him alone, you will be saved.

-Turretinfan

11 Responses to “Judged According to Works?”

  1. Michael Says:

    Thus, we too will be judged on the last day according to works. But it will not be according to our own works, but according to His works….Men will be judged according to their works.Just for clarification: Your position is that, in each passage of Scripture in which it is said that someone is judged by his works and comes off favorably, the meaning is that he is being judged by Christ's works, but when he comes off unfavorably, the meaning is that he is judged not by Christ's works but by his own?

  2. john martin Says:

    It would be a sufficient rebuttal simply to quote: Galatians 2:16”It would be a sufficient observation that merely quoting a text, without making an argument, is not to make an argument, especially when you not made any clarification on how the text relates to justification by faith alone, when Gal 2:16 does not say justification by faith alone. You have also failed to clarify what is meant by the phrase “works of the law”. If this is not known then all Paul is saying is we are justified by faith, which is human act without the need for another category of human acts, known as works of the law. This does not demonstrate faith alone theology in the lest.“You see, it seems that Dave has misunderstood the Christian position.”The good ol’ caricature that Dave misunderstands and therefore we need to correct his fundamental blunder, even though he’s written articles about penal substitution before.“The Christian position is that Christ is our substitute.”If Christ is our substitute and we are impute a legal righteousness, even though the Father knows we are sinners, means 1 – Jesus has deceived the father and therefore the Father and Jesus are not God because God cannot be deceived, or sin.2 – The Father sent the son to do a sinful act to deceive the father into believing we are righteous even though we are not.3 – There is no need for faith, because a substitute is a substitute for all our sins. Yet the scriptures say we need faith to be justified.4 – Nobody can go to hell, because Jesus has already taken the punishment for sin as a substitute.5 – The scriptures nowhere say Jesus was a substitute for our sins.6 – The Holy Spirit is sent by the Father and the Son, after the Son has deceived the Father into thinking we are righteous, even though we are sinners. Therefore the Holy Spirit has been sent on a mission by a deceiver and the deceived, to guide the church into the truth of forensic imputation of righteousness, which is itself a deception. Evidently the Holy Spirit is also a deceiver and has been deceived.7 – There is no precedent in the OT for a substitute atoning for a sinner and the sinner having the substitutes righteousness imputed to the sinner, therefore if penal substitution is correct, it is not base upon the OT, so Jesus cannot be the Messiah, because he didn’t fulfill the OT.8 – There is no need for repentance because the substitute has been made and the Father sees all men as righteous.9 – According to Calvinism, the substitute only has limited value because it’s not applied to all men, even though it’s a perfect substitute. Somehow the father is deceived into thinking the substitute is only satisfactory for some men and not others, even though the Son was a perfect substitute. So the Father has been deceived in sending the Son as a substitute because the substitute didn’t work for some men even though Jesus was the perfect substitute. What’s a God got to do to be a substitute and perfect savior when not even an imputed exchange that is external to the sinner cannot cover all men’s sins?10 – The scriptures have deceived us into thinking we need to do something to be justified and pleasing to God, even though according to Calvinism, man is depraved and cannot do a good act in the eyes of God. Therefore we are told on one had to have faith and this is enough to be justified by a legal process, yet we are also told men cannot do an act pleasing to God, so God justifies man, even though He is not pleased with men’s acts. What’s a man to do to be justified after all? Does he have to do an act pleasing to God and if so, is this is a meritorious act? (Yep!) If not, then why does man have to do any act at all to receive justification, when the perfect sacrificial substitute has already been made?11 – If God sends anyone to hell then He is being unjust, because Jesus has already taken the punishment for sin.. . .JM

  3. john martin Says:

    12 – There is nothing intrinsic to the substitute of Jesus sacrificial act that makes the value limited to only some men, simply because according to Calvinism no man can do any act that pleases God. As no man can do an act that pleases God, then all men must be saved, yet according to scripture, not all men will be saved.“Thus, we too will be judged on the last day according to works. “Matt 25 clearly specifies works as justifying without any reference to an impute righteousness.“But it will not be according to our own works, but according to His works.”See the 12 problems above that need to be answered.“ We will be clothed with Christ's righteousness (Romans 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:). Thus, we will be counted as righteousness because of Christ's righteousness.”No commentary given on Rom 3:22. But this is to be expected from a human religion such as Calvinism that cannot grapple with simple logical arguments, based upon scriptural texts.“Thus, when Dave sets out to prove that we will not be judged according to our faith, he's partly right. That's not the basis of judgment. The basis of judgment is righteousness. Anyone who lacks the [substitutnary] atonement of Christ will perish for their sins, however small they are, for the wages of sin is death, but eternal life is a gift. It is not earned, but given.”Yeh sure, it’s given as a complete deception by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit according to Calvinism.“Those who seek justification by works, need to be very afraid, because their works will not be enough. It would be nice to comfort such people, telling them that if they call Jesus, Lord, they are ok. It would be nice, if it were true.”Sadly faith is a work so the Calvinist misses the points made by St Paul. Sadly the Calvinist misses the obvious and sadly he will probably ignore the obvious and think he’s done the job of putting the ignorant Catholic in his place.He who seeks to be justified by an imputed righteousness in a faith alone theology invented in the 16th century by a group of self proclaimed reformers should seriously reconsider their position, when it so easily pulled apart as we have seen on this thread.I predict the arguments presented will not be answered with anything substantial. I've seen this before. It’s called the old rant and run job. Make a blundering argument against Catholicism, have it easily answered and then watch the anti Catholic run, run, run.I may yet be surprised . . .JM

  4. Turretinfan Says:

    I wrote: "It would be a sufficient rebuttal simply to quote: Galatians 2:16”JM replied: "It would be a sufficient observation that merely quoting a text, without making an argument, is not to make an argument, especially when you not made any clarification on how the text relates to justification by faith alone, when Gal 2:16 does not say justification by faith alone."a) The verse is a counter-example to the false allegation that Scripture "always" associates works and Final Judgment, never faith and final judgment. It's not a full argument for sola fide.b) Galatians 2:16 doesn't use the expression "faith alone" but it does teach it, by contrasting faith with works of the law."You have also failed to clarify what is meant by the phrase “works of the law”."No one had raised questions about it yet. Surely there is no onus on me to clarify everything in advance of objections."If this is not known then all Paul is saying is we are justified by faith, which is human act without the need for another category of human acts, known as works of the law."ok …"This does not demonstrate faith alone theology in the lest."It obviously does show it, at least in the least, in that it rules out this additional category of human acts (whatever they may be). It doesn't explicitly say, "And Therefore Trent is wrong," in so many words, but to expect it to say that would be absurd.I had written: “You see, it seems that Dave has misunderstood the Christian position.”JM responded: "The good ol’ caricature that Dave misunderstands and therefore we need to correct his fundamental blunder, even though he’s written articles about penal substitution before."He's written a lot and still misunderstands things. I'm not sure why you think his volume is sign of erudition. In point of fact, his voluminous writings (of which this is an example) help to demonstrate his lack of understanding.I'll answer the remainder of your comment in a new post.-TurretinFan

  5. john martin Says:

    I wrote: "It would be a sufficient rebuttal simply to quote: Galatians 2:16”JM replied: "It would be a sufficient observation that merely quoting a text, without making an argument, is not to make an argument, especially when you not made any clarification on how the text relates to justification by faith alone, when Gal 2:16 does not say justification by faith alone."“a) The verse is a counter-example to the false allegation that Scripture "always" associates works and Final Judgment, never faith and final judgment. It's not a full argument for sola fide.”There is no mention of final judgment in Gal 2:16, therefore your reason for using Gal 2:16 is invalid.“b) Galatians 2:16 doesn't use the expression "faith alone" but it does teach it, by contrasting faith with works of the law.”Gal 2:16 teaches justified by faith and not by works of the law. Works of the law are the works of the OT Mosaic law such as circumcision, the animal sacrifices and feast days. Faith is required as the beginning of justification because faith requires us to believe the true sacrifice for sins has been made in the new Exodus with the new Moses, new priesthood and new sacraments such as baptism that replaces circumcision. Paul’s gospel also includes works of obedience, hope and love to be justified – Heb 5:9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey himRom 8:24 – For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?1 Cor 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." JM -You have also failed to clarify what is meant by the phrase “works of the law”."“No one had raised questions about it yet. Surely there is no onus on me to clarify everything in advance of objections.”Your entire faith alone argument in Gal 2 rests upon the understanding of what “works of the law” means. As you have not told us, then your argument is incomplete and you cannot use Gal 2 for your faith alone theology."JM -This does not demonstrate faith alone theology in the least."“It obviously does show it, at least in the least, in that it rules out this additional category of human acts (whatever they may be). It doesn't explicitly say, "And Therefore Trent is wrong," in so many words, but to expect it to say that would be absurd.”I had written: “You see, it seems that Dave has misunderstood the Christian position.”JM responded: "The good ol’ caricature that Dave misunderstands and therefore we need to correct his fundamental blunder, even though he’s written articles about penal substitution before."He's written a lot and still misunderstands things. I'm not sure why you think his volume is sign of erudition. In point of fact, his voluminous writings (of which this is an example) help to demonstrate his lack of understanding.”Actually your failure to tell us what “works of the law” means is evidence that you don’t have an answer to Dave’s argument and you certainly don’t understand what Paul is talking about in Gal 2:16.“TF- I'll answer the remainder of your comment in a new post.-TurretinFan “He’s written a lot and your caricature remains. The fact is you are the one who routinely misunderstands and misapplies the Catholic position. Lets see what you understand by the phrase “works of the law” and show us what you think it means from scripture and any other valid sources.If “works of the law” means every other human act, then faith alone theology is inferred in Gal 2. But if it doesn’t mean every other human act, which it doesn’t from many other scriptural citations I can bring to the discussion, then your faith alone theology does not exist in Gal 2.JM

  6. john martin Says:

    Continued from point 12 in a previous comment –13 – Nowhere do the scriptures teach that the non legal act of faith in an act of another man in the OT or of the God man Jesus Christ in the NT causes a legal imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the sinners account.14 – If the non legal act of faith can have Christ’s righteousness imputed to the sinners account then there must be something legal about the act of faith. Therefore according to the substitute theory, a non legal act that does not have legal righteousness, has a legal righteousness through imputation. But this infers a contradiction regarding the value of a non legal act that is then said to have a legal value.15 – The nature of God is truth itself and when God says something about a thing, it comes into being what God says it to be. When God declares a man to be righteous, his declaration makes the man intrinsically righteous by His grace. However the substitute theory of imputed righteousness says man does not become righteous, but remains a sinner, even though God declares the man righteous. Therefore the theory of penal substitution and imputed righteousness by faith alone is unscriptural according to Gods infinite power to bring about what he truthfully declares to be real.16 – If Christ’s righteousness is imputed to the sinners account, then the sinner is not righteous, but only his account is righteous, therefore only the account gets to heaven and never the sinner.17 – The scriptures teach that those in heaven are without sin, but this is not the same as a sinner having a righteousness imputed to his account, therefore the penal substitution theory is not scriptural.18 – The scriptures teach God is a supernatural being with an intimate life of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As God is supernatural the just in heaven can only see God by having there minds supernaturalised by the light of glory as an effect of grace. As the human mind must be supernaturally elevated, and divinized to see God face to face in heaven, then justification cannot be an imputation of Christ’s righteousness to the sinner, but an infusion of the divine life of the supernatural God into the soul of the just man. Therefore penal substitution and faith alone theology is a false doctrine of man.19- Saints in heave are justified, yet there is no faith in heaven. Therefore the saints in heave are not justified by faith alone. Therefore penal substitution and faith alone theology is a false doctrine of man.20 – St Paul tells us that love is the greatest virtue. If we are justified by faith, then we are also justified by love, for love is greater than faith. Therefore penal substitution and faith alone theology is a false doctrine of man.21 – Hebrews 5:9 says Christ is a source of eternal life for all who obey him. As obedience is to follow a law, which is the law of Christ, then obedience is distinct and no the same as faith. Therefore those who are justified are justified by obedience and not by faith alone. Therefore penal substitution and faith alone theology is a false doctrine of man.22 – James 2 says man is justified by works and not by faith alone. However the penal substitution theory of imputed righteousness by faith alone says man is not justified by works. Therefore the penal substitution theory is not scriptural.JM

  7. john martin Says:

    23 – Christ is the perfect substitute for our sins, so logically all man can continue in their sins without repentance. But the scriptures say man must repent, therefore Christ was not the perfect substitute.24 – Imputed righteousness means Christ’s righteousness is credited to the sinners account. In this way the Father sees the sinner as righteous even though he is a sinner. If this is so, then there is no need to repent, because the Father always sees the sinner as righteous. Yet the scriptures teach men must repent, believe and keep the commandments and as Jesus says the woman caught committing adultery, go and sin no more. Evidently the logical conclusions of penal substitution and imputed righteousness contradict the scriptures.25 – Imputed righteousness means Christ’s righteousness is credited to the sinners account. In this way the Father sees the sinner as righteous even though he is a sinner. Therefore according to this theory the Father either has a limited power so he cannot really make a sinner righteous, which is not scriptural, or he has chosen not to make the sinner really righteous, even though he could by his power. If the later, then the Father has chosen an imperfect means by which men are justified, when he could have chosen a perfect means. As an imperfect means is not compatible with the perfection of God, the theory of imputed righteousness is against the perfection of God and is therefore unbiblical.26 – Imputed righteousness means Christ’s righteousness is credited to the sinners account. In this way the Father sees the sinner as righteous even though he is a sinner. According to this theory there is no way the sinner can suffer the loss of his salvation, because salvation is only a work of God by his grace of Imputed righteousness, which is external to the sinner. As the imputed righteousness, is external to the sinner (probably in the heavenly court), then the sinner cannot change Gods decree in the sinners account. But scripture says men can and do lose their salvation (see Galatians warning of a false gospel and Hebrew warnings of falling away), therefore men can change their imputed righteousness status by their sins. However according to the imputed righteousness theory, the imputed righteousness was originally given precisely because men are sinners and Christ is there substitute. So sinners are justified by an imputed righteousness, whilst remaining sinners, yet scripture says men are not righteous if they remain or return to their sins. Therefore the theory of Imputed righteousness is both unbiblical and illogical.27 – Scriptures refers to justification as a process by numerous references to a man having been saved, is being saved and will be saved. These verses indicate a past action that continues and will continue into the future based upon human actions through gods grace. However, the theory of penal substitution and imputed righteousness requires a once for all time event that occurred in the past for the sinner, who was saved and can never lose his salvation in the future. Therefore the theory of imputed righteousness is unscriptural.JM

  8. john martin Says:

    28 – The greatest commandment is to love God above all things and your neighbor as yourself. However according to the imputed righteousness theory, love of God and neighbor does not cause one to have Christ’s righteousness imputed to the sinner, because the action of imputing Christ’s righteousness is completed by faith alone. Therefore the greatest commandment has nothing to do with justification, which means God commands men to do acts, when he knows those commandments have nothing to do with making men right with God. Therefore, according to the imputation theory, God commands men to do futile acts. However, according to the scriptures, God cannot command men to do futile acts, because God is perfect, and to command a futile act is to be imperfect. Therefore the theory of Imputed righteousness is both unbiblical and against the nature of God.29 – According to Acts 2 that says “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the Holy Spirit as a gift”, forgiveness of sins is obtained by repentance and baptism and not by faith alone. As the scripture require repentance and baptism for forgiveness and forgiveness is required to be justified, then a man cannot be justified by faith alone. Therefore the theory of Imputed righteousness is unbiblical.30 – Jesus was killed as a sacrifice to appease the wrath of the Father (Eph 2:5). But a sacrifice is not a substitute, for a substitute is to stand in the place of another, whereas a sacrifice is to destroy something of value to obtain favor from the person to whom the act is offered. As scripture says Jesus’ offering on the cross was a sacrifice and it never states Jesus was a substitute, the theory of penal substitution and imputed righteousness is unbiblical.31 – According to Calvin, the theory of Imputed righteousness required that Jesus entered into Hell during his time in the tomb and only then did he satisfy divine justice. Yet scripture never states Jesus entered into hell to satisfy divine justice as a substitute for sinners. Therefore the theory of Imputed righteousness is unbiblical.32 – According to Calvin, the theory of Imputed righteousness required that Jesus entered into Hell during his time in the tomb and only then did he satisfy divine justice. This means that nobody can go to hell because Jesus has already done it for us and for another man to enter into hell would be an act of injustice. As we are told by St Paul that men do go to hell, then the theory of penal substitution and imputed righteousness is unbiblical.33 – According to Calvin, the theory of Imputed righteousness required that Jesus entered into Hell during his time in the tomb and only then did he satisfy divine justice for the elect. However there is nothing intrinsically different from the elect and non elect as regards the act of Jesus entering into hell, because the act of Jesus and the acceptance of the act by the Father is extrinsic to the sinner. As this act by Jesus and the Father is perfect, then it must be good enough to justify all men. Yet the acts of the Father and Jesus are said by Calvinists to be only for the elect and not all men, so Jesus’ substitutary action is imperfect and the Fathers acceptance of Jesus act is also imperfect. Therefore the work of Jesus is imperfect as a savior. But Jesus work as a savior must be perfect, because He is God. Therefore the theory of penal substitution and imputed righteousness is both unbiblical and against the nature of God.JM

  9. john martin Says:

    34- According to scripture keeping the commandments is easy (1 John 5:3) and we are not to sin (Matthew 18:8, Mark 10:19) to enter into eternal life –1 John 5:3 – This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensomeMatthew 18:8If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire.Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 18"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. 19You know the commandments: 'Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.”But Calvinism says all man need do to enter into eternal life is to believe and Christs righteousness imputed to his account. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with scripture. 35- God never asks man to do something he cannot do without Gods help. But God commands that men keep the commandments to enter into eternal life. Yet Calvinism teaches man cannot keep the commandments to enter into eternal life, therefore according to Calvinism, God is unjust and doesn’t give enough help for men to keep the commandments. But according to scripture keeping the commandments is easy (1 John 5:3), therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with scripture. 36- Calvinism says men are sinners until they enter into eternal life in heaven. And according to Calvinism and scripture, heaven has no sin, but according to Calvinism there must be something done to the sinner between death and heaven to be transformed from a sinner into a saint who keeps the commandments perfectly. But Calvinism denies and intermediate state between this life and heaven. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with itself and scripture.37- Calvinism teaches the merit of Christ’s atonement is imputed to the sinner when the sinner has faith. Therefore according to Calvinism, Christ’s atonement only has a value whereby Gods righteousness is imputed. But to impute is to merely state or declare something to be, without the righteousness actually existing in the justified sinner. Therefore, as the imputation of Christ’s righteousness has the same value as Christ’s intrinsic righteousness, as he is God, then Jesus must only be declared to be righteous by the Father, because the equivalent value is the same for both Christ and the justified sinner. Therefore Christ is not intrinsically righteous, therefore he did not keep the commandments and therefore he was not God.38- Calvinism teaches the merit of Christ’s atonement is imputed to the sinner when the sinner has faith. Therefore according to Calvinism, Christ’s atonement only has a value whereby Gods righteousness is imputed. But to impute is to merely state or declare something to be, without the righteousness actually existing in the justified sinner. Therefore, as the imputation of Christ’s righteousness has the same value as Christ’s intrinsic righteousness, as he is God, then the sinner cannot only be declared to be God, but is God, just as Jesus is God. But sinners are not God, but are creatures. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with itself concerning the nature of justification and Christ’s righteousness.. . .

  10. john martin Says:

    39- The righteousness of God is the divine essence itself, for the divine nature is the eternal law and therefore the divine nature always acts perfectly in accordance with the law, as it is the eternal law. But Calvinism teaches the merit of Christ’s atonement is imputed to the sinner when the sinner has faith. Therefore according to Calvinism, Christ’s atonement only has a value whereby Gods righteousness is imputed. But to impute Gods righteousness to another, is against the nature of God, for God does not impute His own righteousness to himself, but is righteousness itself as the eternal law. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with the nature of righteousness of God and its application to a sinner as an imputed righteousness.40- The righteousness of God is the nature of God as He is supernatural. The saints see Gods righteousness and participate in His righteousness in heaven. Therefore the saints in heaven must participate in the nature of God as He is supernatural for them to see him face to face as children of God. As this vision of God is the final stage of justification, as glorification, then justification must of itself be an infusion of Gods righteousness into the soul of the saint on earth for the saint to see God in heaven. But Calvinism teaches justification is not the infusion of the divine life into the soul of the saint, but only an imputation of Christ’s righteousness. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with the scriptural truth of saints in heaven seeing God face to face as a supernatural vision of the Trinity.41- Calvinism teaches faith is an instrument of mans justification whereby the righteousness of Christ is imputed to the sinners account. However faith is a git of God as an effect of the atonement along with other virtues such as hope, love, patient, humility, chastity and so on. Therefore there is nothing unique about the origin of faith as a gift from God. But Calvinism teaches faith is unique as it alone is required to be justified with God. However as there are many other virtues that are given by God, there is no intrinsic reason why the other virtues cannot please god and justify the sinner. Therefore Calvinism is arbitrary in its appointing faith alone as an instrument for mans justification and is therefore invalidated.42- Calvinism does not define grace as a thing, but only a favour. Yet Calvinism teaches it is by grace that the will of the sinner is brought from loving a creature to loving the Father above all things. But for grace to act in the will, grace must be more than mere favour, but a physical reality acting inside the powers of the human soul to transform the sinner into a saint. Therefore Calvinism is invalidate according to its internal inconsistency by referring to grace as a mere favour and then as more than a mere favour, as a thing acting in the will.43- Calvinism makes an arbitrary distinction between justification and sanctification. Justification is the imputation Christs righteousness to his account and sanctification is the life lived after justification to merit a greater reward in heaven. Yet the life lived after justification is not the life of a man who can keep the commandments, so sanctification is a mere fiction, following upon an imputed justification. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent in its understanding of the value of moral acts after justification.44- Calvinism makes an arbitrary distinction between justification and sanctification not found in scripture, therefore Calvinism is unscriptural.45- Calvinism ignores the testimony of the church fathers, who did not teach a man is justified by faith alone, but by faith and works. Therefore Calvinism is inconsistent with the voice of the Holy Spirit teaching within the church and is therefore inconsistent with church tradition.JM

  11. john martin Says:

    46 – Calvinism bases its doctrine on the premise that scripture is the Word of God. However the texts said to be written by God, never define the meaning of the term inspiration, other than in 2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. . .But as “God breathed” is only a metaphor, then all Calvin’s doctrines are based upon a text having the quality of a metaphor. But a metaphor does not inform us directly of the nature of the thing being spoken about. Therefore Calvin’s doctrines are based upon a text, which we don’t know the intrinsic value of regarding Gods authorship, and as we don’t know, then we don’t know if Calvin’s doctrines are from God or not. Therefore as Calvinism is based upon a negative premise (we don’t know the value of the text), and as nothing positive comes from a negative, then any positive conclusion in Calvinism is illogical, which invalidates Calvinism.JM

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